Census 2020 is around the corner! This once in a decade event is critical for communities across the country, including right here in Utah. Census numbers are used to determine allocation of federal government representation and federal funding of state programs and to provide key statistical information for business and policy research and analysis of the efficacy of government programs.
The Utah State Legislature decided in a special session this year to provide funding to help get a fair and accurate count, but community members and organizations on the ground can do their part as well to ensure everyone is counted, or we risk losing a significant amount of funding for important programs for the next ten years!
2020 Census Day is on April 1, 2020. But YOU can help prepare and ensure everyone is counted, starting now!
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Learn more about the 2020 Census and why it matters! Watch Community Action Partnership’s brief video on why the Census matters, which answers key questions about the census, 3 ways to take it (online, by phone and by mail) and who should take it (hint: everyone!). Or check out “Why an Accurate Census Count in 2020 Matters” by the Bipartisan Policy Institute.
- Get out the Count! Use the Get Out the Count Toolkit from CensusCounts.org, a national partnership of organizations working to ensure hard-to-count populations don’t get missed in Census counts around the country, and find out what else you can do to get involved.
- Pledge to get counted! Take the #CountMeIn Census pledge or the #RocktheCensus pledge.
- Get a Census job! Check out the government’s official 2020 Census website for details.